Goa Shipyard launches first fast attack vessel for Mauritius Coast Guard

Indian shipbuilding company Goa Shipyards has launched the first fast attack vessel for The Mauritius Police Force – National Coast Guard in a ceremony on February 29.

The 50-meter vessel, named MCGS Victory, is designed for coastal patrolling, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, anti-drug surveillance, anti-poaching operations, and search and rescue operations.

MCGS Victory is the first vessel from a 2014, $27 million order that includes ten 14.5m-long fast interceptor boats and two fast attack craft.

Shekhar Mital, Chairman and managing director of Goa Shipyard said the vessel’s keel was laid on December 17, 2014, and assured that it would be delivered ahead of the September, 2016 deadline.

The fast attack vessel is fitted with a Bharat Electronic manufactured 30 mm CRN-91 Gun, one 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and one 7.62 mm medium machine gun. The shipbuilder further said the vessel was capable of achieving a high speed of 35 knots.